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Amazon review: Well written, intelligent, entertaining, thought provoking Science Fiction, Aug 13, 2011

This amazing book manages to draw together disparate themes from sci-fi, speculative fiction, dystopian science, mathematics and religious and social philosophy, and still be a really exciting space adventure.

The Fishman species roam space as buccaneers raiding and destroying weaker and alien forms, like mankind. These level 3 creatures operate as, supposedly unauthorised privateers for the level 1 Foreverones’ Empire. This vast conglomeration of subjugated species is a dominant force in our Universe. Before the Fishmen attack planet Earth and mankind’s colonies on the Moon and Mars, humans hadn’t even come to the notice of the Empire, and so we remain as an unclassified prey species. What is left of mankind abandons the Earth to hide in isolated groups in the Multiverse. We particularly follow one group whose spacecraft crashes on Al Theris and struggles to survive like pioneers in the “Wild West” of 18-19th Century America, only in a far more alien world.

Under the guidance of a spiritual leader, Krizel Kane, they learn to rebuild and enhance the elements of the physical “contex”, allowing the expansion of thought and a form of telepathic communication. This type of brain expanding implant allows individuals to think on many levels solving different mental problems at the same time. Eventually mankind must face slavery or stand against the Empire. There is a good deal of originality in the construction of space and its variant life forms, but also plenty of connections with a hundred years of science fiction.

The book is very well written, in an easy style. The first, and short, part of the novel needs reading without worrying about detail, as this book is a sequel to The Fifth Prophet, and Time Travellers are Schizophrenic. I read this third book first, and very quickly caught up with the essential elements of the story, and am delighted I made the effort. A very great amount of scientific and artistic thought has gone into this creation.

If in any way the human mind doesn’t merely predict but predetermines the future, then this vision is helping create a very interesting physical world. We have in Alan Davis a SF writer who adds true originality to our eclectic visions of futuristic times.

I have just started reading the Fifth Prophet- Hooked already. By Richard Bunning